Ceremony of presentation with The Big annual folklore prize,
31 October 2002
On Thursday on the stage of Riga Latvian society were presented the folklore
prizes. The ceremony was conducted by Dace Bula and Andris Kapusts. After
introduction words, the prize-winners have come in the hall, leaded by
bagpipes' players group. A representative of the minister of culture Karīna
Pētersone has read her congratulation, and then Barta ethnographical sang a song.
After that the chairman of the commission of experts, archaeologist Juris Urtāns
has speaked. He has told about connection of archaeology with folklore: his father
spoke, that archaeology is a dead folklore, but folklore - alive archaeology. Mr.
Urtāns also has presented the first prize - for the publication of materials of
traditional culture; Māra Vīksna, Elga Melne, Vilis Bendorfs and Dace Sparāne
have awarded for the edition of the unpublished volume of fairy tales assembled
by A. Lerhs-Puškaitis.
The participants of camp Threenine small musicians act
The prizes for encouragement of education have received Ruta Cibule, Anda
Beitāne and Dzintars Čerbakovs (for organization of youth camp
Dung-joint-work in Latgalia), and Pēteris Jansons (for organization
of children's musical camp Threenine small musicians). Then children's
ensemble Taureņi and participants of musical camp sang one song each.
Rita Drīzule say words of gratitude
The prizes for the contribution of lifetime were received with the
researchers of folklore Rita Drīzule and Mirdza Berzinska, author of the book
"The Livonian village, which does not exist any more", Livonian by nationality
Valda Marija Šuvcāne and masters of handicraft arts Ella Ceriņa and Jāzeps Radziņš.
Sing Ilga Leimane and Lidija Jansone
The prizes for protection of regional peculiarity have received student of local lore
Sigurds Rusmanis and - for arrangement of performance Suiti wedding - leader of
ethnographical ensemble Suitu sievas
Ilga Leimane and leader of ethnographical ensemble Gudenieku suiti Lidija Jansone.
The prize for popularization of the traditional cultural heritage has received
film unit of film about Latgalian ceramics Magic of clay: Ieva Freinberga,
Janīna Kursīte, Ginta Kaldava and Normunds Čirkste.
Suddenly, to general surprise, announcer has put a microphone horizontally and has
announced, that an Indian dance will be performed. It tourned out, that the dancer
is Russian scientist, author of the book about Latvian ornaments and and winner of
the prize for scientific research in the field of traditional culture Svetlana
Sing Rucava ethnographical ensemble
The prizes for protection of heritage of traditional culture have received
Barta and Rucava
ethnographical ensembles. The ceremony was finished by a song of Rucava
People gather for big pretzels eating
After the concert all have invited to the White hall for big pretzels
eating and champagne drinking. Of course, it has not done without songs.
Article: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, 3 November 2002
Photos: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš